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Toolkit, Useful Links and Case Studies

Toolkit

The toolkit pulls together a number of freely available resources to help you build a citizen science project. To help you decide which ones would be most useful to your project, there is a quick summary of each tool and an example of how other projects have used them.

Open Data Kit

Open Data Kit

Open Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organisations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. ODK provides an out-of-the-box solution for users to:

  1. Build a data collection form or survey (XLSForm is recommended for larger forms);
  2. Collect the data on a mobile device and send it to a server; and
  3. Aggregate the collected data on a server and extract it in useful formats.

 

iRecord

iRecord

iRecord is to make it easier for wildlife sightings to be collated, checked by experts and made available to support research and decision-making at local and national levels. Join iRecord now to share your sightings with the recording community, explore dynamic maps and graphs of your data and make a real contribution to science and conservation.

Examples:

Garden Bio Blitz PlantTracker The Mammel Society

 

EpiCollect

EpiCollect

EpiCollect can be used by mobile data collection projects. It provides a web application for the generation of forms and freely hosted project websites. Data can be collected then all data synchronized from the phones and viewed centrally via the project website or on the phones.

Example:

Spatialepidemiology

 

iSpot

iSpot

iSpot is a website aimed at helping anyone identify anything in nature. You can share your interest with a friendly community and get help identifying what you have seen. You can add an observation, suggest an identification or see if others can identify it for you.

Example:

Big butterfly count

 

PlantTracker

PlantTracker

The PlantTracker app shows you how to identify invasive non-native plant species which are a threat to native wildlife in the UK, It also enables you to easily submit geo-located photos whenever you find one.

Example:

University of Bristol

 

LeafSnap

LeafSnap UK

Leafsnap UK is a field guide to UK trees developed by the Natural History Museum, London, working with the United States Leafsnap teams. It uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

 

Ushahidi

Ushahidi

Ushahidi is a free and open source tool which specialised in developing software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. It can be used to crowdsource information using multiple channels including SMS, email, Twitter and the web.

Examples:

NYC Crowd Map   Pakistan Crowd Map

 

GeoServer

GeoServer

GeoServer is an open source software server that allows users to share and edit geospatial data. It publishes data from any major spatial data source using open standards.

Example:

National Marine Interactive Plan

 

EpiCollect

OpenLayers

OpenLayers is an open source JavaScript which makes it easy to put a dynamic map in any webpage. It can display map tiles and markers loaded from any source. OpenLayers has been developed to further the use of geographic information of all kinds.

 

Open Air Project

Open Air Project

The Open Air Project is a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) knowledge exchange project that aims to provide a collection of open-source tools for the analysis of air pollution data.

Example:

Air quality in Scotland

 

Quantum GIS

Quantum GIS

Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a powerful and user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) that runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD (Android coming soon). QGIS supports vector, raster, and database formats.